So, what do we specialise in?

At anatomy in motion we have chosen to specialise in human movement, specifically human walking or gait. We are not, as commonly perceived by others, a three dimensional exercise based methodology. We are a philosophy that joins the dots between the brain, the nervous system and the many systems of the human body that objectify human function.

Gait, at least the journey of one foot, is over in less than a second and yet all kinetic chain movement is derived from, or at least can be tracked through, the determination of what exactly goes on within that small period of time.

We study gait. Which not only means that we study how the foot moves, but we study and have worked hard (insanely hard) to map the whole body’s flow in reaction to how the foot actually moves. And it’s achievable; there is a succinct process in the gait cycle that predetermines the outcome of the whole body’s motion. Optimal motion in the foot creates an environment for optimal motion through the whole body. Anything less than optimal motion in the foot leads to limitless and countless possibilities for adaptation in the whole body, not good adaptation either: we’re talking increased pressure on joints, increased tension in muscles, imbalance in posture and visceral structures with a reduction in performance and an increase in the possibility for pain and injury.

Conventionally we have spent our time looking at parts of the body and yet it seems to make far greater sense to spend more time looking at the feet… At least that is what I thought, until it became perfectly clear that there is no separation of the two. The foot and the body communicate so beautifully and so succinctly that it is possible through the understanding of one to determine what may happen in the other or how the other lends itself to the current and complete situation. The two complement each other and work together in such a perfect and finite way.

So at Anatomy in Motion, we study gait, but not just the feet, gait of the whole body and we call it the Flow Motion Model. It’s amazing how from knowing the motions available at each point in the flow motion cycle, we can determine what each and every other joint in the system is doing and compare it to what it should be doing in order to make assumptions about what movements the body is missing and how we then reinstate them. How do we give lost movement back to someone?  What happens when lost movement is restored? Well, primarily the need for compensation for that movement drops away, instantly. Secondly, the pain caused by the compensation diminishes and thirdly access to all optimal movement patterns gives access to optimal flow motion of the whole body.

A body that accesses optimal flow motion seemingly has no pain, no limitations and on the flip side of the coin is therefore open to increased opportunity in performance and liberation in body and mind. I say body and mind for a side track to our work is to recognise that liberation in the feet and thus the whole body has dramatic impact on the state of one’s mind as well.

Flow motion starts in the brain and ends in the brain. What say your brain self-optimises every day, nay every moment, in order to access it’s most efficient and energy conserving states. Your brain reacts to each moment, each step, each contact with the ground, each intention and thought you have as well as interaction with others. It reacts, essentially, to the outside world, to your external environment and internally generates what is necessary to cope with whatever is thrown at it. It has the capacity to upgrade function, downgrade

function, make wholesale changes in the blink of an eye. It’s ordinarily known as compensation. We recognise it as an adaptation of the internal environment to balance the input of the external environment. The greater the challenge from the external environment, the greater the inability for the internal environment to cope shall be – which exposes it to risk, limitation, injury and pain. The brain manages all of that each step of the way.

How can you as a practitioner override the desire to treat parts of that body, and begin to look at treating the body as a whole by targeting the brain and nervous system to adapt better to it’s external environment?

At Anatomy in Motion, we specialise in the way the brain perceives human walking gait and we access that by challenging the internal environment to have enhanced awareness within itself of what is possible through adaptation of the external environment, or one’s perception of it, to bring about those wholesale changes to our internal environment. Except this time, not in a way that compromises the day to day running of things but optimises them, liberating our bodies and minds. We call it reverse compensation and it can happen in the blink of an eye….

So we suggest you bring all that knowledge you have, all the awesomeness you possess, the years of practice and experience you have amassed and come to join us… be opened up to new ways of challenging the body, working with the body as a whole and closed entity where chaos thrives and order is derived.

We are not just another movement company, we are the movement company.

We are specialists in human walking gait and how that impacts on absolutely EVERYTHING you do.

© Gary Ward 2013 Anatomy in Motion

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Don’t run before you can walk!

Inspired by a spate of running successes using the Anatomy in Motion method, I put this article together thinking of all you runners and running coaches gearing up for the London Marathon. I’m also thinking of the countless therapists working their nuts off to satisfy the growing demand for treatment as their patients literally hit the ground running!

I hope you enjoy it and seek motion as a tool next time your running injuries flare up.

In summary, walking pre-empts the way we do anything. Your foot sets the 5 Big Rules in motion. The five rules govern how effectively we do the things we do and running is a by-product of our ability to walk well…

…So are you running before you can walk?

You can read the article here:  If you can’t walk; you can’t run.

Thanks for reading

Gary